Finance the perfect spot for your dream home
A land loan allows you to purchase a lot and stake your claim before you ever begin to think about construction, alleviating a few of the unknowns that can come along with a new home build.
Let us walk you through the mortgage loan process
1. Get prepared
Buying a home is a big commitment and you’ll want your finances to be in good condition before you start the process to ensure the best possible outcome. Gather your financial information, like recent tax returns, financial statements and pay stubs; your loan application will let you know what financial information is necessary. You should also review your credit score, take a look at your debt-to-income ratio and take other important steps to position yourself for receiving the best possible loan terms.
Click the button below to read our document on “Maintaining Your Financial Status and Credit Score” for tips to help guide you through the process.
2. Decide what you can afford
Before you begin shopping for a home, take a look at your budget and current expenses to determine what you can afford. You’ll want to evaluate your monthly incoming and outgoing funds to see where a down payment, closing costs and your new mortgage payment might fit in.
3. Get preapproved
Once you know how much home you can afford, complete the application for a preapproval letter. The preapproval will let sellers know that you are a qualified buyer who is prepared to make a home purchase.
4. Find your home
Now’s the time to determine all the traits that make up your perfect home. Research areas and neighborhoods of interest. Also, connect with an RBFCU preferred real estate agent, who can help you search smarter.
5. Complete paperwork
You’ll complete the application process you started with your preapproval request by submitting your documents and continuing through the loan process. This may sound simple, but it can be a big undertaking, depending on your employment status, residency, etc.
6. Finalize your loan
Our mortgage team will help you through each step of the loan process and make sure you know everything you need to know to close your loan with confidence.
Ready to apply for a loan? Here’s what you’ll need to complete the application:
- The amount you would like to borrow
- The number of years you want to finance your loan (term length)
- Your current employment and income information
- Your phone number and email
- Information for joint borrowers you plan to include on the mortgage loan (including date of birth, address, income and employment, Social Security number and contact information; if applicable)
- An idea of the total amount you would like for your loan and monthly payments
For a list of all the documents often required to complete your purchase, download our Mortgage Application Checklist.
Why might a land loan be a good choice for me?
If you are interested in owning a piece of property for a home, but are not quite yet ready to build, a land loan can give you the opportunity to secure the land you want without tying you down to specific building deadlines.
Other land loan benefits and features include:
- Term options up to 15 years
- Free 60-day rate lock, once a specific property is identified
- 90 percent financing
- No building requirements from the lender (subdivision requirements may apply)
- Option to set up automatic payments
How much home can I afford?
How much should I put down for a new home?
How much will my mortgage payments be?
Which mortgage loan is a better fit for me?
Which is better for me: A 15-year or 30-year mortgage loan term?
What’s the largest piece of land I can buy with a land loan?
RBFCU does not have a limit on the acreage or size of the property. However, other factors (use of property, loan to value, etc. ) will determine if a land loan is possible.
What are the requirements to build if I get a land loan?
RBFCU does not have building requirements associated with our land loans, other than those defined by the subdivision or property owners association where your land is located.
How much of a down payment should I expect with a land loan?
Your down payment will be dependent on a variety of factors, but our land loans typically require a 10 to 20 percent down payment.
The property I am interested in purchasing with my land loan is within a flood zone. What does this mean?
Flood insurance is not required by RBFCU if you are purchasing land only. However, additional insurance coverage could be required by your lender when you choose to build on the property.
How soon will someone contact me after I’ve submitted my mortgage application?
Once you submit your mortgage loan application for review, RBFCU will contact you within 24 hours, unless it’s a weekend application.
Still have mortgage questions?
Loans subject to credit approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. RBFCU mortgage loans are available only on property in Texas. Origination fee program not available for short term loans, FHA or VA loans. NMLS# 583215